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Water Testing in NY Public Schools

Letter mailed on October 12, 2016

 

Dear parents/guardians:

As you may be aware, on Sept. 6, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that requires public schools in New York to test all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes for lead levels.

The new law makes New York the first state in the nation to require all of its public schools to conduct lead testing on all sources of potable water. In accordance with the law, Queensbury Union Free School District has begun the water testing process for all Queensbury buildings, with the assistance of a state-approved laboratory.

In accordance with the new law, if the lead level from a water outlet exceeds the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion, the district will take immediate action. The state’s regulations require that all such outlets be taken offline until a remediation plan is implemented and further testing indicates that lead levels are below the action level. Only at that time will the district put back into service any previously identified outlets. In the meantime, we will ensure that all students and staff have an adequate supply of water for drinking and cooking.

We will notify you of the results of these tests and any additional actions regarding water testing or remediation that may be necessary as we move forward.

Please visit www.queensburyschool.org/watertesting, email reply@queensburyschool.org or contact your child’s school principal if you have any questions about our water testing.

Sincerely,

Douglas W. Huntley, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools